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Meet Joe Black (1998)

PG-13  |   |  Drama, Fantasy, Romance  |  13 November 1998 (USA)
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Death, who takes the form of a young man, asks a media mogul to act as a guide to teach him about life on Earth and in the process he falls in love with his guide's daughter.

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Joe Black / Young Man in Coffee Shop
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Allison
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David S. Howard ...
Eddie Sloane
Lois Kelly-Miller ...
Jahnni St. John ...
Jamaican Woman's Daughter
Richard Clarke ...
Butler
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Lillian
Diane Kagan ...
Jennifer
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Helen
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Construction Foreman
Suzanne Hevner ...
Florist
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William Parrish's birthday is drawing near. He is 64 years old. He has been a good man: a good business man with his own telecommunications company and a very dear father for his daughters Susan and Allison; but death is waiting for him. Death appropriates the body of a young man who had died few hours before and had won over Susan before his death. The death, called Joe Black, tells William he'll have more time if he shows him how is to be a human. Joe a Susan fall in love and Joe wants to take Susan to the beyond; but Susan doesn't know who Joe really is, she thinks he is the man she knew at café. William face up Joe and tell him doesn't know what love is, what sacrifice is and honesty with the other person is. So Joe understands he must allow Susa live her own life. Joe loves William, Susan and all his family. In the other hand, Joe helps William to make up his company. Drew is the second man in the company but he has a secret commercial relation with other company. Drew is working... Written by Patri

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Rated PG-13 for an accident scene, some sexuality and brief strong language | See all certifications »

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$90,000,000 (estimated)

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$15,017,995 (USA) (13 November 1998)

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£3,087,979 (UK) (5 February 1999)
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When death is standing behind the glass in Bill's library upon their first meeting, the body is obscured. However, when death stands closer to the window, the outline in the window forms a skull. This is the first indication of who the mysterious person is. See more »

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Construction Foreman: Please. Please. Don't worry. Don't worry.
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Reflective And Philosophical
16 January 2005 | by (Dallas, Texas) – See all my reviews

For a long time I put off watching this, because I have no interest in superficial, teen comedy flicks, as implied by the film's pedestrian title and by the casting of a youthful Brad Pitt. But "Meet Joe Black" is anything but "superficial", and "teen comedy" does not describe this movie at all.

Set in contemporary New York, the film follows a wealthy family whose patriarchal sixty-five year old head, played by Anthony Hopkins, is nearing the end of his life. Enter "Joe Black" (Brad Pitt), a handsome, but enigmatic, young man with an unusual agenda.

This is a thought-provoking movie about mortality and emotional separation. It will appeal to viewers with a reflective and philosophical nature. But the film also has humor, which keeps it from being grim. The pace is slow. There's lots of silence and stillness, entirely appropriate, given the subject matter. Among other things, the film presents the novel idea that a supernatural being can be subject to human emotions, and can make mistakes in judgment resulting from those emotions.

The film is not perfect. The plot is a tad egocentric. There's no reference to the universality and ongoing occurrence of death outside the confines of this family. Also, why now? Why does death choose to engage life in our present world, why not five hundred years ago? Minor script changes could have addressed these issues. The initial meeting between Susan (Claire Forlani) and Joe Black seems a little too convenient, but forms the basis for a plot twist that strengthens the overall story.

The acting is excellent. Anthony Hopkins is, as usual, outstanding. I would not have cast Brad Pitt in the role he plays, but he does a good job. Appropriate for this movie, the acting style for both Pitt and Forlani is one wherein they communicate their characters to viewers largely by means of their eyes, which, as taught by ancient philosophers, are the windows of the soul.

For viewers who liked "The Sixth Sense", another serious film with depth of meaning, I recommend "Meet Joe Black" most highly.


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